This is a short guide for my zsh set-up. I've saved it here for it to be more accessible to me when setting it up on new computers, and in the unlikely event that it would be useful for someone else. In the end, you'll have a quite minimalistic interface where you can do fuzzy searching of your command history by pressing Ctrl+r.

Installing zsh as your shell

If you don't already have zsh installed, then install it. To check what shell you are using, open a terminal and run

echo $SHELL

which on a new system usually points to bash, returning something like /bin/bash. All the available shells are listed in the file /etc/shells. Run

cat /etc/shells

and you'll be presented with paths to the available shells. To set zsh as your default shell, run

chsh -s /usr/bin/zsh

or whatever path available to zsh. Sometimes, you need to enter chsh by itself followed by the path when prompted. And sometimes, you might need to restart the system for the change to take effect.

Installing fzf


git clone --depth 1 ~/.fzf

Then, you need to append two lines to ~/.zshrc, both starting with source followed by the paths to key-bindings.zsh and completion.zsh, which are located under fzf/. The lines to append might look like:

source /usr/share/fzf/key-bindings.zsh
source /usr/share/fzf/completion.zsh


source /usr/share/doc/fzf/examples/key-bindings.zsh
source /usr/share/doc/fzf/examples/completion.zsh

Installing oh-my-zsh


sh -c "$(curl -fsSL"

in your terminal. Done!

Installing PowerLevel10k

Optionally, start out by installing the recommended fonts to get more capabilities.

Then, run

git clone --depth=1 ${ZSH_CUSTOM:-$HOME/.oh-my-zsh/custom}/themes/powerlevel10k

and set ZSH_THEME="powerlevel10k/powerlevel10k" in ~/.zshrc. Opening a new terminal will prompt you to make some choices which can later be changed by running p10k configure.